Even though the new year seemed to start off slow and took a little while to get back in the swing of
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My 12 Goals
Goal 1: Designate one day each month to make extra meals for the freezer.
I didn’t do any batch cooking to put food in the freezer last week. In late December I restocked our freezer with lots of ready-made meals. I am planning a cooking day later this month to replenish for February.
Goal 2: Create weekly meal plans that incorporate adequate amounts of potassium, magnesium, and calcium-rich foods.
Between the holiday and two family birthdays last week it was challenging to stay on
Goal 3: Eliminate store-bought bread, croutons, tortillas, and flours by learning to use our new grain mill and bread maker.
I haven’t used my new appliances yet, but I did manage to rearrange my kitchen, so both the grain mill and bread maker fit on the countertop. Win! Keeping the bread maker and grain mill accessible is essential to make them easy to use. I plan to give both appliances a test run next weekend after I read the manuals.
Goal 4: Plant a garden.
It’s January in Pennsylvania! This one will be on the back burner for a few weeks until it’s time to order seeds.
Goal 5: Determine items and amounts to focus on preserving.
I usually like to plan what I intend to preserve in January before thinking about what I will plant in my garden. Hopefully, I’ll review what’s in my pantry later this week and then start working on my 2019 plans.
Goal 6: Design and stitch 6 cross stitch patterns and 6 rug hooking patterns to sell on Etsy.
Instead of using Excel or graph paper to do cross stitch designs, last week I bought a cross stitch software design program called Winstitch. I used it to start a design and really like how easy and intuitive it is to use. I’ll share more when I finish the design and start stitching it.
Goal 7: Open a vintage resale shop for classic kitchenware and sewing notions.
Dan and I are in the process of buying a few items to list for sale. So far I’ve picked up this beautiful Fire King tulip mixing bowl set and grease bowl. I also purchased a few sets of Bakelite forks and knives. Shopping for vintage kitchen items is so much fun!
Goal 8: Read or listen to 42 books.
Last week I listened to The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steven J. Lawson. I listened to several books by Lawson in 2018. His books are a combination of a biography and historical grounding in the practices of prominent church ministers and missionaries. I enjoyed learning more about this prominent English minister.
My reading life is off to a good start. What books are you reading?
Do you use the Goodreads app to track your books? If not, it is a great tool for keeping track of the books you own, what books you’ve read and which ones you want to read in the future. I’ve been using Goodreads since 2009 because it helps to keep my reading life organized.
Goal 9: Learn crewel embroidery and complete one project.
I haven’t worked in this goal yet, but hopefully I will before winter is over.
Goal 10: Make and finish homemade Christmas gifts for family and friends by Thanksgiving.
I’m actually working on a gift for my dad already! The design I mentioned creating on the new Winstitch software program is something I want to cross stitch for him for Christmas. I kept seeing all the red vintage trucks this year around the holidays and thought about my grandpa’s green 1950’s pickup truck. So I’m designing my grandpa’s truck driving on a road on what was his farm. I hope it will bring my dad fond memories!
Goal 11: Enjoy a monthly date with Dan.
We at least have a date on the calendar! If the weather holds out we are planning to go to see a pro indoor soccer game later this month. The Baltimore Blast used to be one of Dan’s favorite teams. I’m so glad he’ll get to see the team play again.
Goal 12: Be Intentional.
Slow down and be intentional with my time, my life, and my diet.
How are your 2019 goals or resolutions coming along?